Sunday, March 23, 2014

7 months!

salsa you are 7 months old today!  as i watched you play in the bath tonight, i was so thankful to observe you discover the fun, simple things of life like splashing in the water.  it is so satisfying to watch you discover new things and it makes me appreciate those moments that i take for granted.

so what's new with you?  food!  you are a tiny little thing so we have been pumping you full of homemade baby food and you are loving it!  your favorites by far are sweet potatoes and bananas, but you have also tried pears, carrots, oatmeal, peas, apples, green beans, turkey, and chicken.  the strangest combination? bananas and turkey!  i can't hardly shovel it into your mouth fast enough!

you now have both of your bottom teeth and you like to use them occasionally...we are working on that!  you have also gone through a stage that while nursing you would attack my face with your free hand.  you put your fingers in my mouth, up my nose and everywhere else!  it is so cute (most of the time!).  your latest trick is growling.  it is the funniest thing!  you growl while eating, you growl while jumping, you growl outside.  there is no limit and it cracks us up!

you love being outside which is a good thing with your two older brothers.  we will take your jumper or exersaucer outside and you will happily play while they shoot hoops and run around.  we have had some warmer days finally and it is nice to watch you take it all in outside.

your favorite mode of transportation is rolling!  you roll everywhere, even getting stuck under the couch thanks to your helmet!  i will put you down in one spot and find you in another in a matter of seconds.  you are appreciating some different toys now that you can grasp and handle them with ease.  your favorites right now are maracas, a piece of plastic mail, baby mirrors, anything you can bang and any non-toy (i.e. napkins, straw paper, etc).

the big appointments this month included getting your helmet professionally wrapped and a follow-up with your cardiologist.  the helmet appointment was fun and interesting.  we had picked digital orange camo and they already had it printed out on this vinyl sheet that they then blow-torched to your helmet.  very cool!  and we loved the finished product, and so did you!

your cardiologist appointment had me anxious all week.  the first echocardiogram you had as a baby was a bit traumatic.  the tech was not very patient and expected you to be perfectly still while she did the procedure.  i was nervous about the same thing this time around, but i was hoping since you were a little older it might be a little easier.  we scheduled it for cooks downtown so that if they also wanted to do a chest xray, we would be in the right place to get both done at once.  the staff called us back right on time but then after waiting in the exam room for an hour, i stepped out to see if it would be much longer.  well, to make a long story short, the tech didn't know we were there, but everyone else thought we had already seen the tech and was just waiting on the doctor.  come to find out, the tech had gone back over to the other side of the hospital and had to come racing back to do the echo.  we were there for a total of 3 hours and we were both DONE.  it was worth it though because the two holes in your heart had closed!  we knew this was likely to happen but it was still sweet to hear that they indeed had closed.  while your heart will always be a little different, it is functioning perfectly and we were released from cardiology care!  and after an appointment like that, i never want to go back!

salsa, i love being your mom and watching you grow up!

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